-- Gary Cohn, the president's top economic adviser, was so upset by Trump's response to violent clashes involving white nationalists in Charlottesville that he drafted a letter of resignation, a source with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed to ABC News.
But Cohn added: “I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks.”
In the days following Trump’s statements, there were reports that Cohn was “disgusted” by the president’s remarks.
“Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK,” Cohn told the Financial Times.
“I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my current position,” Cohn told the Financial Times.
But, he told the paper, “I have to do what is best for me and my family. I have had numerous private conversations with the president on this topic [and] I have not been bashful saying what I think.”
While the events in Charlottesville upset several administration officials, Cohn told the Financial Times that each person made their own choice about how to respond.
“This is a personal issue for each of us. We are all grappling with it. This takes time to grapple with," Cohn added.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is Jewish and also stood next to Trump during the Aug. 14 press conference, issued his own statement in the wake of the violence Charlottesville.
“This administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities,” Cohn told the Financial Times.
Despite his disappointment in the president's response, Cohn told the FT: “As a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting ‘Jews will not replace us’ to cause this Jew to leave his job."